October 01, 1991
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Doo Wop, Early R&B

Album Review

This 21-song compilation covers the six-year history of one of history's most important R&B groups at Atlantic Records. All of the Clovers' charting singles are represented (albeit not in release order), along with notes indicating their chart history. For the uninitiated, this is where rhythm & blues started as a popular phenomenon, from a group that was incredibly consistent for its six years on the label. The material is representative of rhythm & blues as it sounded at its point of origin, and at its most well-defined and powerful, an unerring jump band beat melded with elements of urban blues and superb quartet singing, all of which were a new musical phenomenon when the Clovers brought it to the charts in 1951. Moreover, one hears the basis in these early tracks for Atlantic's subsequent move into R&B vocals with the Drifters and the Coasters, the sound of these early sides highlighted by very powerful sax and electric guitar accompaniment and the stomping beat one would expect out of a roadhouse band. From "Don't You Know I Love You" through "Ting-A-Ling," "Crawlin'," "Hey, Miss Fannie," and "Lovey Dovey," right into the middle of the decade, this CD moves from one jewel-like R&B-cum-rock & roll classic to the next, and the only complaint that one could reasonably have is that there isn't a complete compilation of the Clovers' work on Atlantic, from Rhino, Collectables, or Sequel.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. One Mint Julep
  2. Good Lovin'
  3. Don't You Know I Love You
  4. Wonder Where My Baby's Gone
  5. Ting-A-Ling
  6. Crawlin'
  7. Hey, Miss Fannie
  8. Lovey Dovey
  9. Middle of the Night
  10. Fool, Fool, Fool
  11. I've Got My Eyes on You
  12. I Confess
  13. Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
  14. Little Mama
  15. Down in the Alley
  16. Nip Sip
  17. Devil or Angel
  18. Blue Velvet
  19. In the Morning Time
  20. Love Bug
  21. If I Could Be Loved by You
purchase full album